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No One is Coming to Save Us

Society-and-culture • Education

Host Gloria Riviera, “Call it Like it Is” Special Correspondent Kristen Bell, parents, and providers zoom in on America’s childcare crisis and the people crushed by it. Access to high-quality childcare and early education determines so much of a kid’s future…and their family’s sanity. Laugh, cry,Read more

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May 20 • 57:07

Gloria investigates where everything went wrong for childcare in America, and Kristen Bell joins to give Nixon a piece of her mind. “That's the sound of progress dying in the crucible of American politics.” Gloria digs into the shame, guilt, and divisions baked into our earliest day nurseries, and reveals how old-fashioned gender norms and blatant racism killed promising f...

1. You're Not Crazy. Childcare Is.

May 20 • 45:40

Gloria breaks down how we’re all breaking down: parents, teachers, and providers. And Kristen Bell joins to “call it like it is” on the cost of childcare. Parents are languishing on waitlists or drowning in tuition bills. Teachers are underpaid. And providers can barely afford to keep the lights on. “We set families up to struggle. We put every barrier we can in their way....

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Apr 28 • 04:32

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